Rosa's Poetry Snippet Archives::B

He has not left you orphaned
or alone
since He knit you together 
soul and bone
through space and time
He winds His silver thread
for you to feel along
with heart and head

Allow no clamor to undo you
or hasty hoary hand to misconstrue you
Remember the first kisses of your
wakening day
and rush to meet your Maker
along the way.  

This sweet little snippet was found floating around on our office desk, written several years ago on the back of an index card; I preserve it here with love. It is possibly written with our little G in mind, I'll have to confirm it with the poet.

The picture, by the incomparable illustrator Jessie Wilcox Smith, is from the 1920 edition of 'Princess and the Goblin' by George MacDonald. Note the thin sliver of thread that the princess Irene is holding; one of the finest metaphors of faith that I have found. The thread stretches from her ring to her great great grandmother, who sits at the top of Irene's rambling castle home; Irene has to follow the thread where ever it leads her, no matter how roundabout, in order to find her way out of the goblin's cave, and then-but wait, you really should read it yourself. And then you can read 'The Princess and Curdie', and come over for tea and a wee blether. If you need a refresher course on George MacDonald, here is a post from yesteryear to get you started.
Did You Mean Obtuse?

 As I did a Google search for this image, I misspelled 'goblin' and was asked, "Did you mean princess and the globulin?"


deborah said...

i so love this! i will dig out my copy of the princess and curdie to see which illustrator it holds. and to reread and glean.


vintage said...

my copy is a tattered paperback from the sixties, very cool & groovy renderings of the goblins.

Camille said...

cool cool poem, B!

Blessed said...

Love the poem! Love the illustration!

I just re-read the little box set of George MacDonald fairy tales this past year, and I too love the thread metaphor. So can I come over for the tea and wee blether? ; )

By the way, I read this when you first posted it, but since I am mainly at the computer while nursing, any time I stopped back at your site I didn't have hands to type with!

ahmedhany said...

thanks you have a good blog

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  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
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  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
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  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
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  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
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  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
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  • muralis: growing on walls
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  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.